zilch

[zilch]
noun Slang.
zero; nothing: The search came up with zilch.

Origin:
1965–70, Americanism; perhaps continuous with earlier zilch snafu, Mr. Zilch a character in Ballyhoo, a humor magazine first published in 1931; for sense cf. zip3

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zilch (zɪltʃ)
 
n
1.  nothing
2.  (US), (Canadian) sport nil
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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zilch
"nothing," 1966, from earlier sense of "meaningless speech" (1960), originally Mr. Zilch, (1931) comic character in the magazine "Ballyhoo." Perhaps from U.S. college slang (early 1900s) Joe Zilsch "an insignificant person." Probably a nonsense syllable, but Zilch is an actual Ger. surname of Slavic
origin.
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zilch definition

[zɪltʃ]
  1. n.
    nothing. : And what do I get? Zilch, that's what!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Pot shot plays on the market mean zilch, thus, exclude them.
Great performance on a stage and strategic sweep, zilch execution.
Other than pin-awards for years or safe driving, zilch.
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